Friday, April 15, 2016

Updates and Links....

 Ricky Tims is presenting his LAST Super Seminar in St. Charles IL in October. He has something new on the horizon for 2017... wonder what it will be... whatever it is, it's bound to be good! Some of our members have been fortunate to attend a Super Seminar when it was given close by. Everyone loves them- if by any chance you are going to be in the vicinity of St. Charles Illinois around October 20-22 definitely take advantage! You won't regret it!

For those of you familiar with American teacher Libby Lehman, you'll be happy to know she is sewing again! Ever an optimist and determined to recover after her debilitating brain aneurysm and stroke, she is making great progress.

It's been a while since we've had an "armchair quilt show tour" so here goes. Quilt Inspiration is one of the many blogs I follow, and recently they showed quilts from Quilt Arizona! the new name for the annual show by the Arizona Quilt Guild of Mesa AZ- click here and read back through the three most recent posts for some real eye candy! If that just whets your appetite, click here to see quilts from AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix. There are six posts in all, just keep clicking "Older Posts" at the bottom of the page.

Here are some great tips for using scraps...

How are you coming along with your Starstruck Challenge piece? If you need a little inspiration, click here and here for lots of star quilts to gaze at.. maybe something there will spark an idea...

Are you all ready for our meeting and Spring Cleanout Sale next week? I hope you are bringing lots of goodies to sell, and don't forget your loonies, toonies and fivers so you can take some treasures home!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

International Quilting Weekend

As you probably know, March is International Quilt Month. Tomorrow, Saturday the 19th, is International Quilt Day and this weekend is International Quilting Weekend. Do you have some quilty fun lined up? Of course there is our guild Community Projects workday tomorrow, that's a guaranteed good time! If you are in search of some inspiration, or information, The Quilt Show has 17 series of FREE shows for you this weekend, that's over 220 shows! Yep, that's right. March 18, 19 and 20, ALL their shows are free for anyone to watch, you do not have to be a member!  And there are lots of great prizes to be won too!
 Click here for all the details.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

March - National Quilting Month

March is National Quilting Month. We hope you are working on a special project to celebrate! Perhaps it's our guild challenge, or maybe a special quilt for a grandchild or a wedding gift. Whatever, hope you're having fun! Plan to attend our workday for Community Projects on March 19 which just happens to be National Quilting Day!  There will be lots going on, new skills to learn, fun to be had and a choice of things to work on. What more could one want?
It was unfortunate that our last meeting was cancelled due to poor weather, but we were lucky to be able to see Jean's Trunk Show on March 1st. Following are a few photos taken that day; those of you who couldn't be there can see a little of what you missed. Jean has produced an amazing collection of bed and lap quilts, wallhangings and various other quilted items using a wide variety of techniques learned at guild workshops and on her own. A talented member indeed!

Wow! What a show! Thanks so much Jean, we know a lot of time and effort went into your presentation. Our March meeting is coming right up on the 15th! See you there! Don't forget our little fundraiser for a quilting sister in need.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Trunk Show Rescheduled

When our meeting was cancelled last week, we missed a wonderful program -  Jean K. had put a lot of time into organizing a Trunk Show of her work, so it has been re-scheduled for Tuesday March 1st. It will be held at 2p.m. at Christ Church Parish Church; please use the Charlotte Street entrance. There is lots of parking space available. It is hoped a good number of members will attend. See you then!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tonight's meeting cancelled

Tonight's meeting is cancelled due to the inclement weather. If you wish to sign up for the February workshop on Feb. 27, Finishing School with yours truly, please get in touch ASAP with Tracy Houlding at or myself at  In several days, any spots remaining will be opened up to non-members.
EDIT: The workshop is now full.

Monday, February 15, 2016

It's Meeting Time Again

Where does the time go? It's meeting time again... already! Tomorrow night we'll be treated to a wonderful Trunk Show by one of our more prolific members, Jean K. I know she will inspire us with her talents and many works of art. I hope I will see YOU there!

Last month two of our own members shared their love of English paper piecing with us. For those who like handwork and a portable project, it is the perfect choice! Susan D who is fairly new to EPP, shared her thoughts and ideas on getting started and how she has approached EPP.

Barb P who has been at it a while.. (some might say she is obsessed..?) shared a number of projects, both large and small. It would be an understatement to say we were in awe of her EPP skills... Oh My!!! From tiny hexies to large ones, to fussy cut, to heavily embellished... wow! Barb sure keeps busy!

Thanks Susan and Barb for a wonderful program in January.

See you tomorrow evening! Same time, same place!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Do you have tension issues?

I'm not talking about personal tension..we all have some of that! haha  I'm talking about tension issues with your sewing machine. (Of course maybe that might also cause some personal tension... lol) If so, here is something which you might find helpful.... 
1) Top thread lays flat on the fabric
  • Upper tension dial too tight
  • Lint in upper discs
  • Machine not threaded correctly
  • Lint in bobbin tension spring
  • Poorly wound bobbin
  • Thread not in bobbin tension spring
  • Bobbin tension not set correctly
2) Bottom thread lays flat
  • Upper thread tension is too loose
  • Lint in bobbin tension spring
  • Poorly wound bobbin
  • Machine not threaded correctly
  • Bobbin tension not set correctly
3) Loops on bottom of quilt
  • Thread is not flossed in top tension discs
  • Top thread tension set too loose
  • Machine not threaded correctly
  • Burr on hook
4) Fabric Puckering
  • Top tension too tight
  • Bottom tension too tight
  • Bobbin not correct size for bobbin case
  • Poorly wound bobbin
  • Bobbin too full

This is published with the permission of Handi-Quilter which you can visit here. You may find other helpful info there too, under Downloads.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Workshop, Sat. Jan 23. Spaces available.

Paper-piecing- a great technique for large or small quilts!
There are some spaces available in our upcoming workshop this Saturday, January 23. If you live in our area (Fredericton NB) and would like to join us, we'd love to have you! The class is "Learn to Paperpiece" with yours truly, Linda Hubbard. It is a skills oriented workshop, and supplies needed are minimal.
In the morning, you will learn the technique of paper-piecing by progressing through a series of several blocks, from simple to more complex. In the afternoon you will learn how to join blocks together, how to piece odd-shaped pieces, how to cut angled pieces, how to read a complex PP pattern, and how to look at any pieced quilt block and draw it out as a paper-piecing pattern. We will look at the use of different foundation materials, some of which can be left in the quilt. There will also be a demo of "string-piecing," a very simple and slightly different form of foundation piecing.
Paper piecing is a very useful technique that every quilter should have in their bag of tricks. It is very precise and makes complex blocks very simple to piece. It makes tiny blocks (for miniatures) very do-able and perfect points as on a Mariner's Compass easy! It is perfect for group quilts, as every block will come back exactly the same size! If you can count to 10, and sew on a  straight line, then you can learn to paper-piece. If you have tried it before and decided you don't like it, come to this class and I will change your mind!!   :)  Or if you just need a "refresher" this is your chance!
I will bring a number of quilts, large, small and miniature to the class as well as a number of books and patterns for inspiration. It will be a fun-filled day, why not join us? Leave a comment here if you don't know how to contact me otherwise.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy 2016!

It seems a little late to be saying it, but I'm going to say it anyway - HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2016 is a fabulous year for you and for our guild. Here's to lots of productive stitching time in our sewing spaces in the coming months.
Our January meeting is coming right up- Jan. 19th, 7p.m. Barb P and Susan D will be doing a presentation on English paper-piecing. Hexies here we come!! I know it will be an inspiring program.
We are so lucky to have so many talented members who are willing to share their skills and knowledge with us. We have had some wonderful programs so far this year. We started off with a presentation and trunk show by Sandi M. who shared many hints, tips and "how-to's" with us in regards to entering Challenges. Sandi has done many Guild Challenges and won more than a few ribbons. Sandi's creative mind often takes her "outside the box"  when it comes to interpreting Challenge themes, and she further challenges herself by using "non-traditional" fabrics and materials (remember the zebra made of black leather and white bridal satin?) What an inspiration this program was!
(By the way, speaking of Challenges, how are you coming along with your Starstruck Challenge piece?)

In October, JeanneKaye, our own "energizer bunny" treated us to a Christmas-y display of her many holiday projects. I call JeanneKaye the Queen of Placemats! I think she must be able to whip up a set in her sleep by now... She never ceases to amaze us with her productivity, we loved her many placemats, wallhangings, and larger quilts! This was the perfect program to get us all in the mood for our Christmas Appliqué workshop the following Saturday.

November's program gave us lots of info and ideas for bordering our quilts. How to measure for and add borders properly, plus lots of ideas for border variations, both plain and pieced, gave us food for thought. I'm expecting to see some interesting borders at Show and Tell in the coming months, ladies....

So we're off to a great start, and here it is January already! I hope you are rested and refreshed after the Christmas break and ready to dive into guild activities, be it a workshop, a charity project, or whatever.  Speaking of charity projects, there will be a large tote FULL of FREE FABRIC at the January meeting. please plan to help yourself as I do not want to take it back home. Choose a few pieces, or co-ordinate a number of pieces to use in a charity project, large or small. You can't get any better than "FREE".....
I have updated our list of tips (click on Tip Time at the top of the sidebar to access the list.) I know I am missing a few, so if you have given a tip recently and don't see it there, please refresh my memory so I can add it. Thanks.
See you tomorrow night!